Hollywood Stars Help “Turn On The Lights” as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Prepares to Open New Hospital Building

Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Grey and Melanie Griffith Will Join
Event Celebrity Ambassador Heidi Klum for 5K Walk
and Street Party on Saturday, April 30

CONTACT: Brian Greene at (323) 361-4823
Email:  bgreene@chla.usc.edu

Patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, above, recently shared their humorous stories and jokes with supermodel and TV host Heidi Klum while filming an episode of her new Lifetime television show “Seriously Funny Kids.” As an avid supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Klum will serve as honorary Celebrity Ambassador for the upcoming “Walk for Kids” event on April 30 that will benefit the hospital.

LOS ANGELES – March 31, 2011 – Supermodel Heidi Klum, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, “Dancing with the Stars” champion Jennifer Grey and actress Melanie Griffith will join with the local community to participate in a 5K walk, street party and lighting celebration on Saturday, April 30 to commemorate the opening of the 317-bed new hospital building at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The new hospital will open to patients on July 10.

More than 2,000 hospital staff, patients, families and Angelenos will take part in Walk for Kids, a 5K walk beginning in Griffith Park at 5 p.m. that will raise donations for the hospital. Walkers will travel through the neighborhoods of Los Feliz to the front of the hospital's entrance at 4650 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, where the road will be closed down for a private street party and ceremony to “Turn on the Lights” in the new building.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Walk for Kids and am proud to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” said Klum, who will serve as honorary Celebrity Ambassador for the event. “I encourage the local community to join us in support of one of the best children’s hospitals in the U.S.” To view Klum’s donation page for the Walk, go to: www.chla.org/heidi. Klum is an international supermodel and actress, and currently hosts the TV shows “Project Runway” and “Seriously Funny Kids,” which will feature patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in an upcoming episode. Both programs air on the Lifetime television network.

At the conclusion of the 5K walk in front of the new hospital, participants will enter a family-friendly street party with music, entertainment, interactive activities and complimentary food and drinks from iconic and diverse Los Angeles restaurants. The evening will end with the new hospital building lighting up the sky as it is revealed with a dazzling light show. To sign up for the festivities, go to CHLA.org/WALK. Space is limited so sign up today.

The new hospital building at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a $636 million, 317-bed state-of-the-art facility that will further expand services as well as increase the ability to provide family-centered care to residents throughout the region. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals serving more than 97,000 patients each year and offering care from some of the world’s most prestigious physicians and surgeons.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, with 88 investigators at work on 171 laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health services. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

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